Definition of dwarf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dwɔːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dwɔːrf//
    (pl. dwarfs, dwarves
    BrE BrE//dwɔːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dwɔːrvz//
    Body shape
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  1. 1 (in stories) a creature like a small man, who has magic powers and who is usually described as living and working under the ground, especially working with metal
  2. 2(sometimes offensive) an extremely small person, who will never grow to a normal size because of a physical problem; a person suffering from dwarfism There is no other word that is generally considered more acceptable. See related entries: Body shape
  3. Word OriginOld English dweorg, dweorh, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dwerg and German Zwerg.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dwarf